Black Lawyer Turns Resignation Into Severance

We represented an attorney (“Attorney”) against a small New York law firm (“Firm”).

Attorney, an African-American lawyer with a decade of experience working for other law firms and large organizations, had been at his current Firm for six years.  During that time, he brought in a major client for the Firm and was instrumental in diversifying the Firm’s portfolio of clients and prospective clients.

During Attorney’s tenure at the Firm, there were no African-American or other minority partners, and he also experienced ageist comments, such as his being an “older guy” that was “set in his ways”.  Facing a lack of promotion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, despite being more experienced and qualified, Attorney resigned.

Within five months of retention, we obtained significant severance for Attorney, despite his resignation.

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